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UCM Hosts Annual Saudi Arabia Day

UCM Hosts Annual Saudi Arabia Day

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 10/16/2006 - Bringing together the cultures of America and the Middle East, the University of Central Missouri will host the 7th annual Saudi Arabia Day Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Honored Guests are Paul and Colleen Nance, Deya Elyas

Honored guests of the university will be Paul and Colleen Nance and Deya A. Elyas, director of public affairs for Aramco Services Company, Houston, Texas. The Nances made a gift of the Nance Middle Eastern Collection, one of the most extensive collections of Middle Eastern art and artifacts in the United States, to UCM's Arthur F. McClure II Archives and University Museum in 2003. The hundreds of items in the Nance Collection were carefully gathered during Mr. Nance's career of more than 30 years with Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

As senior advisor to the President and Board committee on all public affairs matters for Saudi Aramco Services Company, Elyas is responsible for enhancing the image of Saudi Aramco in North America and overseeing the distribution of Aramco World magazine.

Program Includes Special Presentation

The Saudi Arabia Day program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in south read and relax area of the first floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Following a welcome by Joy Stevenson, UCM interim director of international programs, Paul Nance will make a presentation of a new addition to the Nance Collections at the university. A student response by Homam Bogary, a UCM graduate student and former officer of the UCM Muslim Students Association, will follow.

Exhibition Features Weaving Demonstration

An exhibition titled "World of Weaving: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Weaving" also will be available in the McClure Archives and University Museum in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The exhibit will feature demonstrations of warp-weighted weaving by Mary Ellen Rowe, UCM professor of history.

For More Information

The public is invited to join UCM students and faculty in attending the event. For more information on Saudi Arabia Day or the Nance Middle Eastern Collection, contact the McClure Archives and University Museum at 660-543-4649.